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JOE SMITH RUMORS & GOSSIP

Questioning Joe Smith’s 2014 season

Joe Smith was the reliever with the pedestrian name but the excellent numbers in 2014. Despite a very impressive year, Smith still appears to be flying under the radar. But maybe that is for the best since it seems like he might have been pitching well over his head. Should the Angels have signed Smith for so much money (3 years, $15.8 million)? The general sabermetrics stance on...
Via Monkey with a Halo
October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Joe Smith: “Proven Closer” or placeholder?

Before the season began, I did an Angels preview for the good folks over at RazzBall. I mention that not to brag but because I can’t help but remember how they asked if Ernesto Frieri would survive as the Angels closer. It hadn’t really occurred to me until that moment that Frieri’s shakiness had become so obvious to the non-Angels loving public. What struck me next though...
Via Monkey with a Halo
July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels' Joe Smith relishing closer role

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Joe Smith didn't know he'd be the Angels' closer at this point in the season, but now that he is, he's embracing his role. Ernesto Frieri is gone, traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates last week. Jason Grilli is here, acquired in the Frieri deal. The benefactor is Smith, who acknowledges that as a relief pitcher, it's important to be prepared for anything. Smith pitched...
Via Fox Sports West
July 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Joe Smith too busy puking to pitch, Angels pitchers still aren’t throwing strikes

The May 7th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Joe Smith too busy puking to pitch, Angels pitchers still aren’t throwing strikes and much more… The Story: Joe Smith was too busy puking to enter the game for the save opportunity on Monday. The Monkey Says: Thus explaining why he warmed up but didn’t enter the game. That vomit session may have...
Via Monkey with a Halo
May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels' Joe Smith day to day with side tightness

The new Angels closer Joe Smith has an unfortunate story this week. Smith has had a promising start to his new closer role with the Angels converting all three of his save opportunities. According to Mike Digiovanna of the Los Angels Times, Smith was warming up in the bullpen to get ready for his ninth inning save situation when he started to not feel so well after an energy bar...
Via Sports Injury Alert
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Joe Smith fitting in as Angels closer

Joe Smith is starting to take control of the closer spot in the Los Angeles Angels bullpen. Smith picked up his second save in as many days on Tuesday as he pitched a perfect ninth inning to preserve a 6-4 win overt he Cleveland Indians. It was just a few days ago that Angels manager Mike Scioscia pulled the plug on Ernesto Frieri. Smith now has as many saves in the last two days...
Via Tireball.com
April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Joe Smith gets first crack as closer, doesn't disappoint in Angels' win

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Joe Smith woke up Monday morning knowing he was going to pitch. In reality it was more like Monday afternoon after waking up around 2pm because he didn't get to bed until 6am as a result of the Angels spending all night flying across the country. Rather he believed it or was just delirious, the feeling stuck with him as he made his way through the Angels clubhouse...
Via Fox Sports West
April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Chris Davis leaves with strained oblique, Joe Smith takes over as Angels closer

Chris David left Friday’s game against Kansas City in the fifth inning after suffering a strained left oblique. While there is little news about the status of Davis it is almost a given that he lands on the disabled list. Davis is hitting .250 on the season with two home runs and 13 RBI in 22 games thus far. Joe Smith will take over the ninth inning duties for the Los Angels Angels...
Via Tireball.com
April 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels reliever Joe Smith takes injury of Kole Calhoun tough

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- At this point, you could take your pick. Which member of the Angels bullpen would be the next to relinquish a lead? You could go down the list. By the numbers, it certainly was not to be Joe Smith. In an ineffective bullpen, he was an effective one. In six appearances, he allowed just three hits, eight strikeouts, no walks, and a 0.00 ERA. Yet, on Tuesday night...
Via Fox Sports West
April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Player Projection: Joe Smith

The Angels needed to make a big move to fix their flagging bullpen. So they went out and signed a guy with most unassuming name ever, Joe Smith. But don't let his anonymity fool you, the Halos might finally have found the guy to stabilize their middle relief.   IP W L SV ERA H H/9 ...
Via Monkey with a Halo
March 13, 2014  |  Discuss
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